|1st winter Lesser Scaup - Rostellan Lake, Cork, 30th October 2012|
Footnote: lots of debate since about whether this bird is either a hybrid or even a first winter female Tufted Duck.
For the moment I am unticking it, it has since departed the area though the Tuftie flock remains. For me, it always looked just 'different' from the rest of the female Tufties present, I am still holding onto a little bit of hope that it may be a Lesser Scaup and maybe it'll return a little later in the winter when its moult has progressed a bit.......maybe! In the meantime I'm back to needing Lesser Scaup.